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Deconstructing Job Creation from Startups

Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a thoughtful new working paper, "Cross-country evidence on start-up dynamics", that showed patterns across countries that are similar to those found for the United States. The report offers important insights for researchers and policy makers fine-tuning how to measure the dynamics of new firm formation.

Trust and Entrepreneurship: A Presentation by Martin Ljunge

How does trust impact the likelihood of starting a business venture? Martin Ljunge, of the Research Instiute of Industrial Economics taught us about his work in trust – how cultural perceptions of trust impact economic decisions, such as the decision to start a business.

How Policy Can Support Network Development

A new policy brief from the OECD outlines how policymakers can help fuel the growth of networks to help entrepreneurs — particularly those among under-represented groups such as women and youth — start and scale new firms.

Entrepreneurs Called to Ignite Economic Growth for Africa and Beyond

Since 2010, when President Barack Obama presided over the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Washington, D.C., it has expanded to a global event, subsequently hosted by the governments of Muslim majority nations, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Morocco.

Entrepreneurial Immigration and the Global Talent Race

As the United States continues to stall on entrepreneurial immigration, several countries are joining the ranks of economies that have an immigration policy or program tailored for startup entrepreneurs attracted to the local ecosystem and market.

Promoting Micro-Multinational Entrepreneurs

In 2014, over 190,000 US entrepreneurs and small businesses exported to consumers on at least four continents. That is an absolutely astounding figure when you consider that the US Commerce Department reports that less than 1 percent of all businesses in America export. For the first time in history, nearly every entrepreneur and small business can use technology to reap the benefits of trade on a global scale, an opportunity traditionally open to only the largest multinational corporations. We are entering the age of micro-multinationals.

Is Education the Real Beneficiary of an Entrepreneurial Economy?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” said futurist Alvin Toffler. Are policymakers focused on building entrepreneurial economies in the name of jobs, or is it really a cunning worker training strategy as we start to equip all our young to be familiar with the dynamics of opportunity recognition, the educational value of “failure” and the magic of iterative testing and validation that underpins modern day entrepreneurial endeavors?

Sparking US Government Engagement in Global Entrepreneurship

The President’s White House celebration of global entrepreneurship a few days ago had lots of panache and plenty of heavyweights like Steve Case (AOL) and Brian Chesky (AirBnB). But how much has our government been able to keep pace with the startup revolution over the past five years?

Building Ecosystems Starts With Creating More Connections

Whether you use dated expressions like “it isn’t what you know but who you know” or you are deep into “networking theory,” we all know the importance of having communities to turn to for advice or validation.

Learning From Other Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Kauffman Senior Scholar Amisha Miller explores the notion that entrepreneurship ecosystems can learn from each other, but highlights certain caveats